CATEGORIES ReviewsThe likable Jay Baruchel, who's played supporting parts in movies like Tropic Thunder and Knocked Up, joins the league of leading guys in the new rom-com She's Out of My League. In the film, Alice Eve as Molly is out of Baruchel's league, but that doesn't seem to make a difference to her. As for him, well, that's the story.
Find out what we thought of the film after the jump... She's Out Of My League (15)
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve, TJ Miller, Mike Vogel, Nate Torrence
Director: Jim Field Smith
Running time: 104 minutes
Trailer: Watch it here
The plot: So prolific and successful is writer, director, producer Judd Apatow, his surname has now become an oft-used Hollywood adjective. And She's Out Of My League, despite zero association with the busy multi-hyphenate, certainly qualifies as Apatow-esque. A romantic comedy viewed from the male perspective, in which a regular guy lands a hot, successful girlfriend (shades of Knocked Up), while dodging the barbs of his little gang of doofus mates (also Knocked Up). There will be moments of excruciating embarrassment involving bodily fluids (Superbad) and the removal of male body hair (The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Tropic Thunder's Baruchel plays the averagely handsome under-achiever; Starter For Ten's Eve is the pretty party organiser who everyone agrees is out of his league. Can true love overcome Kirk's chronic low self esteem?
What's good about it it? If your plot is pure formula, you'd better make sure it's carried forward by engaging screen presences. Luckily for the makers of She's Out Of My League, Baruchel and Eve bring ample supplies of warmth and charisma. The script by Sean Anders and John Morris (writers of under-appreciated teen comedy Sex Drive) also has fun with Kirk's embarrassing family, including an ex-girlfriend who shows him renewed interest as soon as Molly enters the picture.
What's not so good? Knocked Up, but without the pregnancy, and with Baruchel and Eve instead of Seth Rogen and Katherine Heigl, and without the bonus treats of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann – well, it doesn't exactly scream must-see.
Verdict: A so-so $32million gross in the US means that She's Out Of My League isn't getting the lavish marketing support that could have punched it through in the UK. The result will be that many will see it more as a home-entertainment property, and we can't argue with that. But those who earmark it for the full in-theatre experience should be pleasantly surprised by a low-key charmer.
Rating: 7 out of 10